Disapproval Response (
Graduate Faculty Membership and Review)
The Faculty Affairs
Committee is proposing to adjust the policy of eligibility for Graduate
Faculty membership to include retired faculty.
Some retired faculty
continue to be active in chairing and serving on graduate thesis and
dissertation committees; some continue regularly offering graduate level
courses. Expanding eligibility to include them avoids having to file
“temporary graduate faculty status” paperwork each term they continue to be
active in their graduate-focused work and they continue to meet the criteria
for graduate faculty status otherwise.
Graduate Faculty Membership and Review
Date: 07/12/2007 & Revised Date: 01/14/2008)
To describe the criteria for Graduate Faculty membership and membership
II. STATEMENT OF POLICY
Graduate faculty are those faculty approved by the Dean of the Graduate School
and Graduate Council to teach graduate courses and/or to offer direct
assistance to graduate students in their graduate programs. Teaching graduate
courses does not automatically confer graduate faculty status.
All full-time tenured or tenure-earning faculty who possess the earned
doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline
are eligible to become members of the graduate faculty. Non tenure-earning
faculty who otherwise fulfill the eligibility criteria may become members of
the graduate faculty when the particular case, as determined by the Dean of the
Graduate School, warrants. Retired and/or emerti faculty may retain their graduate
faculty status so long as they continue to meet the criteria described below;
they are reviewed on the schedule described below.
The initial appointment of faculty to graduate status, whether for current
faculty new to graduate programs or faculty new to UNF, may be recommended to
the Dean of the Graduate school at any time. Academic departments with graduate
programs will recommend qualified faculty who are, or will be, actively
involved with teaching graduate courses and/or offering direct assistance to
graduate students or appointment to the graduate faculty. The Dean of the
College will review each such nomination and add a recommendation. (The College
Dean has the right not to forward names she/he does not judge to be
appropriate.) The nomination will then be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate
School. Each college has specific criteria for graduate faculty status which
have been approved by the appropriate dean, by the Graduate Council, by the
Dean of the Graduate School, and by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Once approved, these criteria form the bases on which each college makes its
recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Council for
appointment to and retention of graduate faculty status. These criteria capture
in ways determined by the faculty in a particular college to be appropriate to
that college (1) active involvement with teaching graduate courses and/or
offering direct assistance to graduate students, (2) appropriate pursuit of a
scholarly agenda, and (3) instructional effectiveness in her/his graduate level
Review of Graduate Faculty Membership Status
A member of the graduate faculty who is a professor is reviewed every ten
years, beginning from the time she/e was promoted to professor. A member of the
graduate faculty who is an associate professor or an assistant professor with
tenure is reviewed every five years, beginning from the time she/he was
promoted to associate professor or was awarded tenure, respectively.
Tenure-earning members of the graduate faculty are reviewed at the time of
If the case is provided by the candidate demonstrates that the College-specific
criteria are met, as judged by the College Dean and endorsed by the Dean of the
Graduate School, the Graduate Council will consider the graduate faculty member
to have achieved renewal.